Godless in the garden

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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees!  

 

Welcome  backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, beekeepers & composters!

Location: Planet Earth
Members: 170
Latest Activity: 3 hours ago

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If you like to dig in the dirt, plant & prune, grow food & flowers, or sit and watch as someone else does your landscaping, you'll find something here to discuss!

Selected topics, in sort of alphabetical order:
Aging.  Gardening with an older body.
bees.  insectary.  insectsbee gardening. Beneficial insects.  insects drive evolution

Compost.  herecontaminated compost.

Backyard Chickens here. here. here. here.

Edible yard.  here  urban farmfront yards.
Growing Fruits

Folklore.

Fragrance and Scenthere.
Fruit growing.  in a small space, by backyard orchard culture.
Frugal gardening.  labels.

Gardening for future generations.  also permaculture, trees, historic varieties, soil

Hegelkultur here, here, here

Heritage and historic varieties.   heresources

locally grown plants to prevent blight transmission here.

Moon Phase Widget here. Moon phase topic here.

PeppersHot peppers.

Permaculture MollisonFalk  Liu, Joan's IntroTransformation in 90 days, Perm Principles at work. Food forest, Holzer

Potatoes.  here.

Rooftop gardening.  here

Seed starting. starting spring crops.

Scientific Gardening.   The Informed Gardener.  The truth about garden remedies.

Soil and soil building - healthy soil microbes, mycelium, dirt is everything, soil analysissoil pH.
Squirrels.

Synergies.

Tomatoes.  Myths and truths

Trees.  Tree tunnels.  Ancient tree planting. Plant commemorative trees

Discussion Forum

"All I want for christmas is....."

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Larry yesterday. 8 Replies

Gardening in central Texas "pan" soil

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston on Thursday. 3 Replies

An Old Lady's Hugelkultur Bed

Started by Barbara Livingston. Last reply by Randall Smith Dec 10. 3 Replies

Permaculture Concept. Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Dec 6. 2 Replies

My south garden 1993 & 2013

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Barbara Livingston Dec 1. 1 Reply

Permaculture, Ben Falk

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 30. 0 Replies

Permaculture, Bill Mollison

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 16. 0 Replies

Plant Labels

Started by Daniel W. Last reply by Joan Denoo Nov 8. 21 Replies

Design with Nature

Started by Joan Denoo Nov 6. 0 Replies

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Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2014 at 12:29pm

Barbara, yes, this site holds a wealth of information about gardening. Lots of soil under the fingernails here. Daniel has done a great job of organizing topics so that it is easier to return to a specific topic. I try to learn from him, but alas, his excellent organization skills present more discipline than I seem to be able to muster. 

I am so very impressed with your project and love your narrative and photos. This winter will be a rich time to imagine and create ideas for what we want to do next spring. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 5, 2014 at 11:52am

Daniel, your Gingko leaves are so pretty. Do you have male tree? 

Comment by Daniel W on November 5, 2014 at 11:02am
Hmmmmm. that made me think of fishing supply stores! There are several in San Antonio, per google. Snother option?
Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 5, 2014 at 10:40am

Plinius, I hadn't thought about pet shops. I have to go today to get dog food and will look. Always nice to have a back-up supply. Thanks. 

Comment by Plinius on November 5, 2014 at 10:35am

I suddenly remember this - a hundred years ago, when I had garter snakes, I bought worms for them at the pet shop. Cheap, or I couldn't have kept the snakes. Have you looked  for worms in the pet shop?

Comment by Barbara Livingston on November 5, 2014 at 8:45am

I have to admit I lurk alot in the background of this blog and read the things y'all post and shake my head in amazement. There is so much to learn about gardening - from plant labels to transplanting.

Randall, yes gardening is fun and I fantasize winning the lottery so I can buy all the plants I want. I've taken cuttings when I can get them, gathered seeds when given permission and am saving my pennies to buy new seeds and plants come Spring.  

Daniel, I'm sorry your efforts are being hampered by not feeling well. The new profile pic is beautiful. I find the story behind it even more meaningful and can understand why it is so special to you.

Regarding the plant labels: For my various pots of cuttings and new seed plantings, I use labels I have made from cutting up various plastic bottles, marking them with permanent marker. I too find they fade rapidly. However, out in actual garden because I wanted something I could read standing up and and might also be attractive I've decided to go with paint mixing sticks that I'm going to paint with non-toxic acrylic paint.  They might not last more than one season but they will be fun to make and see in my little garden. I'm also going to paint rocks for some things, like in my herb garden.  Daniel, I really like the metal labels for trees and shrubs. 

I waaaay overthought my issue of worms and composting and finally after reading until I was bleary eyed and dithering for several days I decided to go the KISS route after viewing a video on YouTube.  A local distributor of worms was very nice to me when I told him I couldn't afford his price of $40 and he suggested I go to Walmart.  Yep, Walmart sells red worms, and for $5 I got 72 worms and they are nicely settled into their new home.   While I was there I bought a large plastic trash can with locking top and wheels to use as a mobile composter.  I'm going to use my drill and drill holes through out. I can pull it to wherever I'm working in the yard to put more stuff in it, when it needs to be turned I can simply roll it around, and when it is finally compost I can again pull it to wherever I need to take soil out of it. :) When it begans to get full I'll buy another one. It really made sense to me as my yard is small and I needed something that worked for me. Of course having a penchant for all things neat the neatly placed bin seemed better than a pile of clippings, etc. 

We have rain! It began last evening and is suppose to last through tomorrow.  My little dog loves to run through water puddles and we are leaving for park to do just that! :) 

Have a wonderful Fall day! 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 5, 2014 at 7:31am

No picture received here, Daniel. I need to photograph my persimmon tree. They sure taste yummy!

Comment by Daniel W on November 4, 2014 at 5:19pm

New profile pic from my yard today.  In a week, all of the leaves will fall.

Comment by Daniel W on November 3, 2014 at 7:47am
Randy I hear a hard freeze was good for horseradash too.

Enjoy your sprouts and persimmons!

I've been hauling tender plants in containers, inside for the past month. One or two at a time. I need to cut back - too much maintenance. Cacti, geraniums, brugmansia, orchids, citrus. Most I let go dormsnt and store in garage.
Comment by Randall Smith on November 3, 2014 at 7:26am

We had two weekend nights of temperatures in the low 20s! My chard took a hit, but I think the kale, broc, etc. survived. Not my raspberries, however. I was tired of eating them, anyway. A hard freeze is good for two foods: B.sprouts and persimmons. Time to enjoy.

Barbara, I'm quite impressed with what you're doing. Ain't gardening fun?!

 

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